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Aspen Colorado Ski Forecast Predictions for 2011-2012

Aspen Vacation RentalsIt has recently been reported that the National Weather Service is looking into the role that La Niña will play in the Aspen ski season. Thus far, skiers and snowboarders are curious as to their fate as they plan to soon trek to their Aspen home rental.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac La Niña won’t play a role, on the other hand 2011-2012 may be one of the mildest and driest winters on the books for Colorado in recent history. The famed book places Colorado in the south of the intermountain region and further predicts that “winter temperatures will be above normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods in early and late December and mid- and late February.  Precipitation and snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The snowiest periods will occur in early November, mid-December, mid-January and early and late March.”

Much like last year that saw those who enjoyed Aspen vacation rentals experience a chilly April and May, the almanac expects for the two months to be cooler and snowier than average. Additionally, if you’re planning a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, you may want to consider the weeks of or after January 13 and March 22, as the almanac predicts heavy snow fall during those periods.

Aspen RentalsJust how valid are the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions? Last year it predicted mild and dry conditions for Colorado last winter, and Aspen visitors experienced mixed results. There ended up being plentiful amounts of snow above 8,000 feet for the majority of the winter, and to skiers’ and snowboarders’ delight the snow continued to fall into April and May. Hooray for spring skiing!

While the almanac predicts a quite dry year in Aspen, the National Weather Service is hedging against it and predicts there to be plenty of snowfall in the fall and throughout the winter. Time will definitely tell.

Just a word of advice…last year was an amazing ski season, so you don’t want to hold off on making a decision on booking Aspen rentals because of conflicting weather reports. Good luck on your ski adventures!!

A Day Trip to the Maroon Bells from Aspen Colorado

Maroon Bells Day TripLooking for an adventure in Aspen, Colorado that will allow for you to enjoy its limitless beauty? There are many hiking spots to drive to from your Aspen vacation rental, however there are few as beautiful as the Maroon Bells. They are two unbelievable peaks in the Elk Mountains. Maroon Peak at 14,156 feet above sea level is the 27th highest peak in the state of Colorado. It is also said to be the most photographed spot and provides an awesome views of the surrounding area.

You will surely enjoy one of several day hikes at this spot. To get there from Aspen, you will head toward the airport and cross the bridge over Maroon Creek. Follow signs to the Maroon Bells, and eventually you will end up in the parking lot. For only $10 per car, you can enjoy an unforgettable time with family and friends.

There are several trails to choose from, including the follow three hikes: The Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will take you 1.5 miles one way. The round trip adventure is a bit more than 2 hours. You will be thrilled by the abundance of green pines, picturesque bridge crossings, creeks and flowers.

Crater Lake Trail If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can give the Maroon Creek Trail a try. The total distance for this one is 7 miles round trip and takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete. In the case that you only want to hike one way and ride the bus back to your car, you can bring along your Maroon Bells car pass with you for a free ride! During your hike, you will enjoy beautiful rock fields and get an unbelievable view of the Maroon Bells. You may even be lucky enough to see deer and baby deer as they feed throughout the forest.

Finally, there is the somewhat challenging Crater Lake Trail. It is approximately 3.6 miles round trip. The trail is somewhat rocky, so you’ll want to be a bit careful. The hike will see you walk around Maroon Lake, which reflects the majestic Maroon Bells. Follow the path and you will be awed by the beauty that surrounds you. The final destination of the hike is Crater Lake, which is perfect for dipping your feet into and a beautiful sight to behold!

Don’t miss the Maroon Bells while enjoying your time in Aspen luxury rentals!